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Agribusiness Management Technician

31-006-6 Technical Diploma (TD) 29 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Location*: Appleton

*Some general education courses may be available at multiple locations.

If a career in agriculture is in your future, this program will help you prepare. To manage a successful agribusiness operation, you need to understand the use of technology. With this diploma you’ll gain hands-on experience in agronomy and dairy production management. Courses cover agribusiness management principles, sales, commodity and marketing, global economics, crop production, animal fundamentals and nutrient management principles. This program will give you the skills you need for entry-level agribusiness management.


Occupational Specific (26 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Agribusiness Overview
Provides an overview of agricultural production, manufacturing, distribution, utilization and consumption in the United States, with an emphasis on Wisconsin agribusiness. Employment opportunities are explored. Business organization, operation and management are also covered.
Animal Science Fundamentals
Provides fundamental knowledge of the animal science field. Topics include animal health, animal environments, anatomy and physiology, genetics and reproduction, animal feedstuffs, and job-related safety. Students will experience animal concepts through the completion of hands-on activities.
Agricultural Crop Production
Prepares students to recognize and implement basic crop production management techniques for corn, soybeans, alfalfa, small grains and general forages used on Wisconsin farms. Field preparation, fertility, seed selection, planting and in-season management of specific crops will be emphasized.
Agribusiness Work Experience
Provides independent agribusiness work experience in cooperation with an employer and FVTC. Students are evaluated by the employer and supervised during the work experience by a FVTC instructor. Department consent required.
Agricultural Marketing
Explores and gives the student an understanding of the basic principles of marketing and the ability to apply these principles to the distribution of farm products.
Provides a foundation of economic concepts and institutions so that students can apply economic thinking to their own decisions as consumers, employees and citizens in a market-oriented economic system. Topics include supply and demand, employment, prices and production, fiscal policy, monetary policy, market structures, and international trade and finance.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Sent) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor.
Agribusiness Sales/Marketing
Covers the basic knowledge of agribusiness sales and marketing. Topics include recognizing potential customers and building a positive customer relationship, designing marketing plans, and using marketing and sales databases. The concepts will be presented using hands-on activities.
Feed/Grain/Animal Waste System
Introduces the students to methods and equipment used on farms for feed storage, handling and processing. This course also covers the collection, storage, treatment and equipment used in the disposal of animal wastes.
Nutrient Management Principles
Focuses on balancing commercial crop nutrient products and on farm nutrient credits to formulate economical and environmentally safe crop nutrient recommendations. Students will learn how to complete a nutrient management plan utilizing real farm data.

Occupational Supportive (3 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Math w Business Apps
Covers real numbers, basic operations, linear equations, proportions with one variable, percents, simple interest, compound interest, annuities, applying math concepts to the purchasing/buying process, applying math concepts to the selling process, and basic statistics with business/consumer applications.
Prereq: ACCPL Arithmetic >= 65 OR ACT Math >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor at the first class.

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